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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pinterest Crafting: The Good, The Bad, And The Really Ugly

Some stay at home moms love to complain that Pinterest is ruining their lives.  That it exists purely to make you feel as if you aren't doing enough creative things in your life and that you aren't cutting it as a mom unless you are making heart- shaped red velvet pancakes from scratch on Valentine's Day, teaching your toddler accounting by showing him how to use a ledger (a real pin, btw), or setting up a scavenger hunt in your backyard so that you can use the found items in an organic soup for dinner.  But honestly?  I love it.  And I use it all the time.  

Yes, some of the things on there are ridiculous.
Wearable Planter No. 1 White

And we are probably not building our own "free spirit tree house sphere" (this summer at least):
Free Spirit Spheres

But when you are living in a city where it's too cold to play outside for six months straight, you are in desperate need of ideas.  So last week we used some big P inspiration and made a cardboard box elevator.

And let me tell you, he loves the hell out of this thing.  He goes to each "floor" then tells me what he saw on it.  He takes his toys in there and plays by himself (bonus).  I saw him carrying all his flashlights (yes "all".  he's a collector) in there the other day.  It was a lot of work for an eight month preggo to do (it may not look like it, but trust me, it was not a 10 minute project) and at one point I was googling "can making a cardboard elevator send me into early labor?" Oddly enough, I couldn't find a straight answer.  

This was a much better executed Pinterest project that our "yarn Easter egg".  I'm sure you've seen these things.  You dip the yarn in glue, wrap it around a balloon, let dry, pop balloon, congrats you're a crafter!
Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial | Easter Crafts Add a piece of chocolate to inside of balloon for a cute treat!

While you're at it, make a whole slew of the things and turn them into a festive garland!
Easter craft - yarn egg garland made with Mod Podge

Not us.

I feel ya, kid.

Alright, so I kind of understand why Pinterest tends to make people feel a little inadequate.  

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